Seed Funding for Methodologists

Application Deadline
April 14, 2022
Value and Duration
CDN $10,000, up to 8 months
Application Procedure
Proposals are to be submitted using an online application form 


The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is a central hub and incubator for data science research, training, and partnerships at the University of Toronto. Its goal is to accelerate the impact of data sciences across disciplines to address pressing societal questions and to drive positive social change. DSI is focused on training the next generation of data science scholars.

The DSI Seed Funding for Methodologists to catalyse new Collaborative Research Teams (Theory4CRTs) initiative is designed to encourage new collaborations of data science methodologists and theorists with applied researchers. By presenting and bringing to the fore innovative methodological and theoretical work, our goal is to ensure that new CRTs are forged with new and unexpected connections to foment cutting-edge data science work. Single applicants working in data sciences methodology or theory can apply for this grant. Funds of up to $10,000 can be used to support successful applicants to seed a new Collaborative Research Team with the aim of applying for a DSI Catalyst Grant. Funds can further be used for up to eight months to support that team through the Catalyst Grant application process. The DSI will fund five applicants each year and will hold calls twice yearly until our funding is used.

An applicant’s research area should focus on data sciences methodology or theory with the potential to be relevant to applied fields. Applicants should summarize their innovative data sciences work and explain its relevance and potential for engaging applied fields.

Successful applicants are required to:

  1. Present their research and methodology/theory at a seminar, including its potential for applied fields. (The logistics to be supported by the DSI Office.)
  2. Engage co-PIs to develop a DSI Catalyst Grant application with a new collaborative research team.

In addition, awardees may be called upon to act as reviewers for future DSI awards competitions.

The DSI is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Value and Duration

DSI Seed Funding for Methodologists recipients will receive $10,000 for up to 8 months.

How to apply

The award is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  1. Their research area has a focus on data sciences methodology or theory.
  2. They have a budgetary appointment at either the University of Toronto* OR an external funding partner institution.
  3. They are eligible Principal Investigators, according to the University of Toronto PI eligibility criteria.
  4. They are members of the DSI.


*Faculty budgetary appointments for the University of Toronto are continuing, full-time academic appointments with salary commitments from a University of Toronto academic unit.

Applicants apply online and include the following information.


PDF Application Form that includes:

  • Research Statement summarizing data sciences methodology or theory (500 words).
  • Engagement Statement summarizing potential for engaging applied fields (500 words).


Applicant CV


Applications should be submitted to the DSI Office:


Email subject line: Last name, First Name DSI SFM APPLICATION


Please submit your application as one merged PDF file that includes your application form and CV, titled [Last name], [First name] – SFM Application.pdf.

Members of the DSI’s Research & Academics Committee will review eligible proposals received by the submission deadline.


Applications will be evaluated on the innovative methodology/theory as well as the description of its potential for use in applied domains.

First Round Application Deadline: April 14, 2022


Notification: Decisions will be reported by end of April 2022


Awardee Responsibilities


Successful applicants will present their work at a DSI Seminar.


Successful applicants will apply for a DSI Catalyst Grant.


Successful applicants may be called upon to act as reviewers for future DSI awards competitions.

Further Information

For application queries, contact